Set up and use iCloud Tabs

iCloud keeps the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. That means you can go from one device to the next and pick up browsing wherever you left off.

Set up iCloud Tabs

Complete these steps on all of the devices where you want to share tabs.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings, then tap your name.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Under Apps Using iCloud, make sure Safari is turned on. You may need to tap Show All to see Safari. 

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings. In macOS Monterey or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. 
  2. Click Apple ID, then click iCloud. 
  3. Click to turn on Safari.

Open a tab or close a tab from another device

 

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On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap the Tabs  button, then tap the New Tab button .
  3. By default the Start Page includes a section showing the tabs that are open on your other devices.
  4. Tap the one you want to open.
  5. To close a tab from another Apple device, touch and hold the link, then choose Close.

On your Mac

  1. Open Safari.
  2. From the Bookmarks menu in the menu bar, choose Show Start Page.
  3. By default the Start Page includes a section showing the tabs that are open on your other devices.
  4. Tap the one you want to open. 
  5. To close a tab on another Apple device, Control-click the tab, then choose Close Tab. An image of a MacBook screen. Below

Use Tab Groups

To keep your tabs organised and easy to find again later, you can organise them into Tab Groups. After you've created a Tab Group, you can share it with others who also use iCloud to collaborate in Safari. 

Find out how to organise your tabs into Tab Groups

Find out how to share a Tab Group and collaborate in Safari


If you can't set up or use iCloud Tabs

iCloud Tabs works between devices running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or later and macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, or between devices running iOS 12 or earlier and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 or earlier. 

  • If your iCloud Tabs aren't updating, make sure you're running the latest iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and the latest macOS on your Mac.
  • Check that you've signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices, and that your Apple ID has two-factor authentication turned on.
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